Smart TVs have revolutionized the way we watch television and are now an essential component of many of our living rooms. They can access the internet, browse the web, use applications like Netflix and Hulu, and even play games, in addition to displaying TV in high definition or Ultra HD. Smart TVs, like other smart gadgets, will require regular upgrades; this lesson is all about how to perform that in your own home.
LG is one of the most popular smart TV manufacturers worldwide. The LG Content Store allows you to install a variety of applications on your LG Smart TV. Only apps available through the LG Content Store may be downloaded to your LG Smart TV. Most applications have regular updates, which expand their functionality and add new features. This guide will show you how to update apps on an LG Smart TV.
To update apps on an LG smart TV, make sure you have the most up-to-date firmware. Apps may not function correctly if they are updated for the new firmware but haven’t been installed.
There are two methods for upgrading the firmware on your LG TV. You can upgrade the LG TV’s firmware, which will also update the applications. Individual applications may be updated simultaneously in the LG Content Store.
Update the firmware on an LG Smart TV
After a TV firmware upgrade, new features, tighter code, bugs fixes, or more stable or secure operation are all possible. They aren’t published as frequently as phone firmware updates, but they do have a schedule that only LG knows about. Apps may require updating after a TV firmware update for many of the same reasons that applications on your phone need to be updated. Because the apps reside inside the firmware while it’s being installed, it makes sense to update them first and then the rest of the apps afterward.
There are two methods to upgrade the Firmware on your LG Smart TV. The first is to use an internet connection or a USB with the right files to force an upgrade. The more popular method is to use the internet, so we’ll go with that. If you’re not sure if your TV runs webOS or Netcast, check out our overview of which software version you’re using. In 2011, Netcast was introduced, followed in 2014 by webOS. Unfortunately, the instructions change depending on which software version you’re using, but we’ll address them both in the sections below:
Update Firmware – Netcast
If your TV is running Netcast, follow these steps:
- Press the home button and select Settings in the lower-left corner of your remote.
- Select Software Update from the menu on the left, make sure that software updates are turned on
- Then click Check Update Version if one is available
- If an update is ready, follow the instructions on-screen to install it.
Update Firmware – webOS
The requirements may differ depending on your TVs’ OS. If you’re using webOS, follow these steps:
- Hold your remote’s home button and select the Settings option from the upper right-hand corner.
- You’ll find it towards the lower right. Click All Settings.
- To open the About this TV menu, press the General button on your remote. Then select About this TV from the drop-down list.
- Click Allow automatic updates and then on the Check for updates button.
- When a new update becomes available, just follow the on-screen directions to download and install it.
All you have to do now is go online and update the Firmware on your LG Smart TV using this method.
Update Firmware – USB
If that doesn’t work, and there’s a newer firmware version available, you may download it to your computer and load it from a USB drive.
- Go to the LG support website
- In the Model Number box, type your TV’s model number.
- Select the firmware version you wish to download and click Download This File.
- Copy the file to your USB drive without making any changes.
- Insert the USB drive into your TV and let it detect it.
- Use the remote to go to Setup and Support.
- After you’ve downloaded the update, use the USB key to install it.
- The TV must be directed to the USB drive for installation.
- Allow the TV
The new firmware will be downloaded from the USB and installed on your TV in a few minutes, but it may take longer to load.
Update Apps on an LG Smart TV
You’ve now updated the firmware on your Android smart TV; you may now safely upgrade your applications. This will need to be loaded onto your LG TV. The apps should update automatically if you’re using a newer smart TV, and there is nothing else you need to do.
If the apps don’t update, open each one to request a check and you may or may not receive an update notification. The process of updating LG Smart TV applications is rather straightforward. However, to finish the process, you’ll need a stable internet connection.
Here’s how to update applications on your LG Smart TV:
- On your Smart TV, go to the home button on the remote and select it.
- Then, select the LG Content Store from the list.
- Select Apps from the menu.
- Click My Apps to see a list of them.
- The apps on your television should be visible.
- If available, click Update for each one; otherwise, click All to view all of, and update Update All.
The download process may take some time, but it’s a decent solution if your apps didn’t update automatically. Keep in mind that LG Smart TV applications are designed to self-update. They update themselves and will automatically detect a firmware upgrade after you install the TV itself. It’s a very straightforward procedure that only requires occasional monitoring. There may be occasions when an app won’t update, but all you have to do is uninstall and reinstall it again.
Set up automatic updates on an LG smart TV
Some people are hesitant to use automatic updates, but they do help to provide a seamless, hands-off experience. It’s probably a good idea to keep them on. If they aren’t already enabled, here’s how to activate them.
- Turn on the TV and use the remote to select Home.
- Select Settings and All Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Choose General and About This TV from the list.
- Check the box next to Allow Automatic Updates.
- If you haven’t just updated everything using this tutorial, you may check for updates while you’re there.
The TV takes care of itself once you’ve set up automatic updates. It checks for firmware and app upgrades every time you switch it on and have a wireless connection. Now, no longer do you have to worry about updating it!